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Oven-Roasted Maple Gorp


  • 3/4 cup maple syrup

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 vanilla bean, split

  • 1 cup oats

  • 1 cup peeled hazelnuts

  • 2 cups whole natural almonds

  • 1/2 cup golden raisins (a couple of handfuls)

  • 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries, such as Craisins brand (a couple of handfuls)

  • 1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds

  • 1 cup chocolate and candy coated peanuts, such as Peanut M&M's


Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Place maple syrup on the stove with cinnamon and vanilla bean over medium-low heat to infuse the flavor. Warm syrup a couple of minutes, then remove. Combine oats, hazelnuts, almonds, raisins, cranberries and seeds in a bowl. Toss with maple syrup and remove the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean. Spread the maple coated mixture out on a cookie sheet and roast for 15 minutes. Remove the mixture from the oven and transfer to another cold pan, tossing the mix to quick-cool it. Once cool, toss with peanut candy and eat or pack up for a hike!